After her successful release last March, she is still Ship “Evergiver” A subsidiary of the “Evergreen” company, which was stuck for 6 days in the Suez Canal, its place loaded with various types of goods of different types.
But the reason to stumble cargo shipThis time due to a fierce legal battle between its owners, insurance companies and the Suez Canal Authority.
In late April, Egypt announced that the authorities were holding the ship, its 26 crew and the goods on board, until the owners paid compensation for the crisis it had caused.
‘Our customers are angry’
Commenting on her staying in Suez, Jay Sharma of the law firm Clyde & Co said, according to what the British newspaper “The Guardian” reported, that the ship is not able to sail from Egyptian waters until the problem is resolved. “We are frustrated and some of our customers are angry,” he added.
Although the goods are still officially held on board “Evergifen’, but it is unlikely to be transferred to another ship because it requires giant cranes.
For its part, Dixons Carphone, the Chinese technology maker Lenovo and IKEA, confirmed separately that its products were still trapped on the ship.
A spokesman for the company explained that “a small number of our containers are on board and this will not disrupt our inventory levels or our commercial operations.”
In turn, some retailers are considering legal action to try to release their shipment. “We are exploring ways to retrieve merchandise,” said Charlotte West of Lenovo.
916 million dollars in compensation
On the other hand, the Securities and Commodities Authority in Egypt announced that it is seeking to obtain 916 million dollars (650 million pounds sterling) from the owners of “Evergreen” and their insurance companies.
It also made clear that it was willing to accept a settlement of $550 million, plus $300 million for a “rescue bonus” and another $300 million for “loss of reputation” and material damage to the channel.
The owner of “Ever Given” had filed a lawsuit against the ship’s operator company last April, for the delinquency of the tanker in the Suez Canal.
It is noteworthy that the ship suspended and closed the Suez Canal for 6 days last March, and officials in the Suez Canal Authority indicated at the time that a wrong maneuver coincided with a dust storm and strong winds, all of which were factors that led to the loss of vision and the ship’s stranding.
However, the weather factors were not fully responsible for the accident, according to the officials. Before that ship, about 12 other ships crossed in the same weather conditions, which did not constitute an obstacle to the navigation movement in the canal.
It is noteworthy that the “Ever Geffen” ran aground at the 151 km at the southern entrance to the Suez Canal, after wind speed reached 40 knots.
The rescue teams of the Suez Canal Authority succeeded in re-floating the giant ship, which is 400 meters long and 59 meters wide, with a total tonnage of 224,000 tons.